Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Witness the Dark and Eclectic CRUCIALFEST

Bobby Cochran

Text and Photos: Bobby Cochran

The flat, windswept grounds of Salt Lake City’s Utah State Fairpark hosted an eclectic and diverse two-day music festival, CrucialFest, boasting an impressive collection of well known names in heavy music, plus a plethora of local and regional bands spanning genres from Hip Hop to EDM to Pop Punk to Stoner Metal.  Previous years saw the Fest happening at multiple smaller venues in the downtown SLC area, but this year they upped the ante with three stages (two indoor and the big outdoor stage) in one big arena.

Day one featured a stacked lineup of up-and-comers from all over the country, including Tamerlane, Sunchaser, Royal Thunder, Street Sects and Dance With the Dead, as well as UK trash-rock phenomenon Slaves and main stage heavy hitters Russian Circles and Chelsea Wolfe.  There were after hours shows until way past 1 AM, including a drag show rumored to have been pretty freaky.


Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.


Day two saw a massive number of amazing performances, including SLC upstarts Cult Leader, Dalek, EXES, Mutoid Man, Philly Hip Hop mob The Shredders and heavy music granddaddies Pig Destroyer and Neurosis.



Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

With booths of local food, music, beer and all sorts of clothing and crafts, the Fest clearly put as much effort into supporting local artists and creators as it did pulling in the big name acts.




Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.





Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.
Written By

Meghan MacRae grew up in Vancouver, Canada, but spent many years living in the remote woods. Living in the shadow of grizzly bears, cougars and the other predators of the wilderness taught her about the dark side of nature, and taught her to accept her place in nature's order as their prey. She is co-founder of CVLT Nation.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Relapse Monolord
Sentient 112217

You May Also Like


Substance music festival returned to Los Angeles with a three-day lineup of smartly curated talent spanning Post-Punk, Industrial, EBM, Synthpop, Metal, and more. This...

Dark Folk

Torment & Glory We Left a Note with an Apology is out now on Sargent House I’m really enjoying We Left a Note With...


Unless you’ve been living like a cloistered nun in Siberia, you’ve probably heard that Salt Lake City, Utah is finally fulfilling its destiny prophesied...


CULT LEADER’s “A Patient Man” holds a really special place in my heart. I fucking love the different sonic textures that make up this...